Serena Williams fought her way to a magnificent farewell 

Serena Williams had faced match point hundreds of times before. 

It was a watershed moment in the career of several of 

 the greatest athletes of all time.But Williams stayed faithful to 

herself and her winning mentality on Friday. 

Despite the fact that the end of her 27-year professional 

career as a tennis player was suddenly becoming much  

 more real. Yes, Ajla Tomljanovic was poised to 

serve for a location in the fourth round, with a 40-30 lead